At the same specification as in inkBOOKu onyx, attract new customers Obsidian is mainly design and a more capacious battery.
Another premiere Arta Tech – introduced shortly after onyx – attracted primarily by their appearance, because from the technical specification is practically the same product. We get here so similar differentiators in the form of a screen E Ink Carta, integration with dedicated cloud Midiapolis, pre-installed application Legimi, Polish service or vendor support. Why, then, we have decided to show the market another model? The answer is simple – Obsidian is simply nicer. With the news that appeared in the more modern visual equipment, so you can replace. "Flat Glass" and thus familiar with tablets or smartphones the finish. We do not have any floor between the screen and the casing; This helps in maintaining cleanliness and contributes to the aesthetic. The second thing is bigger battery, with a capacity of 2800 mAh (2000 mAh vs. the onyx). At the same time managed to preserve its low weight (196 grams versus 200 grams onyx) and thickness of 8 mm (7 mm in the older model). The third aspect, finally, is another issue promotion, in which buy a subscription Legimi and we make this reader for PLN . This time it is no longer Onyx, and just Obsidian.
Housing and workmanship
The entire design looks great impression. Matt, pleasant to the touch, rubber-like finish on the rear panel there is little forward to soon turn into – as frosted – glass. Reader definitely gives the impression of equipment projected for 2016, although a revolutionary acknowledge it can not.Similar solutions we've seen in Voyage Kindle or Kobo Aura. Still, what it is not difficult to admit in this way they made readers belong to the minority market. Obsidian well in the hand. Rounded does improve grip and non-slip material on the back gives us confidence. The same is true also if we assume a dedicated case (by the way equally elegant). What's missing me for a pair of reader + cover? Obsidian self-awakening. In contrast to the competition from Amazon, the unit of Arta techu is not able to detect lifting the flap. The hardware support has three physical buttons (up, sideways), a backlit touch button and placed under a sheet of protective digitizer. On the back you will not find anything beyond the manufacturer's logo. Socket Communications (microUSB 2.0) and a microSD card slot (supports media up to 128 GB capacity) are waiting for us on the top side Obsidian.
In inkBOOKu Obsidian appeared a 6-inch E Ink Carta – probably the same that can be found in onyx. Again we get kilkunastostopniowy level of the backlight, touch screen (capacitive) and a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, which results in a density of 212 PPI. Looking at the resolution you can not say that it is the same class of the display, which in the Kindle Voyage – inkBOOKowi closer to Paperwhite'a 2 (or later), just as wspominanemu Onyksowi and new PocketBookowi. Mainly, what is important, due to lower resolution alternative tested by us.However, do not look at any of the above mentioned as a clearly inferior product from Voyage. It's totally not the point – yes, the picture is more clear in Kindle'u, but we will have to pay a lot more, while the recalled products will be for beginners and advanced far enough. Specifically, with respect to the equipment Amazon we lose yet buttons à force sensor or the ambient. important difference is, in my opinion, the system – the preference for closed but reliable OS from Amazon, and open and prone to modifications of Android. But back to the point – the screen Carta guarantees us overcome the ghosting (leaving ink from the previous party after the "roll" cards) and increase the contrast ratio by approx. 50 per cent. As users, we can modify the refresh rate (from 1 to every 10 pages) – just remember that the more often we will generate a new image, the shorter will be the battery life.
Adjustable considerable extent characterized by a fairly warm color and intense brightness. I noticed, however, that in the upper part of the screen is also slightly uneven – we are dealing with a darker stripe, taking place on the left corner. This is not a lucky drawback drastically lowering comfort, but – if the matter does not look – this is a drawback.
Precise touch panel
Digitizer at Obsidian is sufficiently precise and supports gestures familiar from mobile or tablet. The reader can quickly respond to our commands, which we owe not only the smooth touch panel, but 512 MB of RAM. Even typing – similarly as in onyx – can be considered comfortable.
Starting the reader takes approx. 30-40 seconds. Wake – much shorter, because up to 2-3 seconds. The shutter documents (either in PDF or ePUB), is virtually the same as in the case of onyx, so let me quote from the previous test:
Time to open a document, in turn, depends mainly on its size. Reading the graphic charged PDFs can take up to several seconds, while ordinary books in traditional formats are displayed after a maximum of 4-5 seconds.
PDFs can also read in several ways, adjusting the display to the page width, reducing proportions, placing a single page on the screen, or by setting the text in columns. Parties to roll over or through the touch panel by touching the right or left, or using buttons located on the sides of physics. Just remember that they are single function – and therefore the right button will lead you to the next page, while left back will result in one card. I mention this because in some designs we have – attention – dual-function buttons duplicate its functions.
inkBOOK Obsidian has a battery capacity of 2800 mAh, enough even for a few weeks reading. All of this is of course dependent of how intensively we will use the backlight, how often we will refresh the page or use the Wi-Fi network. It also draws attention to how non-optimized applications for e-book reader consume energy – because while some can be securely surprised. Options and opportunities we have here more than in closed competition – but it has to do with the need to control how the reader responds to individual installations. And while we're on the software …
The reader is based on Android 4.2.2 Jellybean – and, like onyx, so here the system recognizes your device as a tablet. In practice this means so much that we can install virtually any application from the store Midiapolis Store. Obsidian will not support the original Google store, although you can install APK files from other sources. Among the integrated applications, we have a library, access to drive the cloud Midiapolis (2 GB each), built in user manual, web browser, file manager program for reading news, notes, image viewer, dictionary and e-mail client . In the near future to move also has a bookshop Midiapolis, facilitates rapid access to new books. But that's not all, because inkBOOKi characterized by still something special – and so the program Legimi.
Obsidian buying a subscription offered by Legimi get the reader at an attractive price. We get three options – at 12 months (299 zł for the reader, zł 49.99 for a monthly subscription), 24 months (1 zł per reader subscription zł 49.99) or 6 months (429 zł for reader subscription 49.99 zł). The most cost-effective plan is two years, as long as we are able to allocate a total amount of 1,200 zlotys. Sam reader in retail sales valued at 599 zlotys.
Summary and evaluation
Obsidian is not a revolutionary reader – especially if we compare it with the present inkBOOKiem Onyx recently. However, it is also the equipment of 50 gold more expensive at retail, in which we receive far more interesting design. Design that – yes – hiding the same specifications, but also brings clearly more interesting aesthetics and screen "drenched" with the rest of the housing.Let us not forget that the whole brand inkBOOK tightly integrated with Legimi – as the only company on the market to offer a solution similar to mobile operators. By purchasing a subscription service e-bookowego we get a high-class reader for a token sum – and this, for people reading more than three books a month, it will be the best possible solution. [temperatura2 product_id = "21324"] [inne_propozycje product_id = "21324"]